After his dominating win over Matt Mitrione UFC Fight Night 68 in New Orleans, Ben Rothwell proved that he not the same fighter he was a few years ago. Yesterday “Big Ben” appeared on the The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani and spoke about a lot of things including his victory. And when AKA's head coach, Javier Mendez said that Junior dos Santos was the only threat to current heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, Rothwell said
"Javier Mendes, it's cool that I got to hear his comments. He thinks JDS is still the only threat to Cain, huh? That's a joke in itself. I'm not pissed off, I laugh, it's funny. It's whatever. That's wishful thinking. He is hoping that is Cain's only challenge. It's not. Is the guy tough? Sure. But I think he's definitely got his hands full with Werdum. Werdum is going to bring some challenges to him. Regardless, it doesn't matter to me. Let's see what happens after July 1st when advanced testing starts kicking in. Let's see if he still fights the same way he has. I doubt it."
Later when the host asked if he was implying that Cain is on PEDs?, Ben replied:
"I'm not implying anything, I'm just saying I don't believe the heavyweight division is going to look the same after July 1st. Now, if anybody takes offense to that, maybe they got to look at themselves as the problem. Me, I'm ready. So, I'm very excited. That's why I am so confident that I will have the title by next year."
He also spoke about his suspension for nine months by UFC for being tested elevated testosterone levels back in 2013 by saying:
"People say ‘Ben Rothwell, you did this and that.' Whatever, 2012, mine was a prescription, the UFC knew about it, and it was what it was. I don't regret anything, I had to go through that. Now that I went through that I get scrutinized 10 times as much as everyone else. I know where I'm at."
Below is the video where Rothwell comments about, how the Heavyweight division will change due to the new drug-testing policy from July 1st :